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Broadband More Accessible Than Ever

BROADBAND MORE ACCESSIBLE THAN EVER

Broadband fast Internet will be more accessible than ever as Telecom’s broadband roll out accelerates this month.

Telecom has reached agreement with the Government, as part of Project PROBE, to extend broadband coverage in the Waikato Thames-Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne-Hawkes Bay, Otago, Taranaki, Manawatu-Wanganui, Wellington-Kapiti-Horowhenua and West Coast regions.

Using a combination of wired and wireless broadband technology, Telecom will extend coverage to approximately 260 schools by the end of June, Telecom Regional Manager Paul Deavoll said.

Work to extend broadband to more than 200 schools will be completed by the end of year. Already more than 900 schools in Telecom PROBE regions have access to broadband.

This will increase Telecom’s overall broadband coverage to more than 95 percent of New Zealand lines.

Working with Communities

Telecom is also developing a programme with the regional broadband committees in the Telecom-PROBE regions.

The committees and Telecom are developing charters which will focus on the regions' economic, social and community development needs. This could include extending broadband into "gap" areas, fibre extension and community pilots of broadband applications for small businesses.

Xtra Wireless

Telecom is also able to reduce the price of Xtra Wireless 1000 and 2000 plans for customers in Telecom PROBE regions.

“Project PROBE in supporting the cost of extending broadband infrastructure to remote communities, is also ensuring people living in those communities pay a similar price for these services as those in urban centres,” Telecom Regional Manager Mr Paul Deavoll said.

The monthly plan charges for the Xtra Wireless plans will be reduced by $50 and the cost of installation and equipment will be halved from $1,475 to $731.25.

Telecom Monthly plan charges for Xtra Wireless 1000 and 2000, including GST, will cost $59.95 and $69.95 a month respectively, compared to the standard price of $109.95 and $119.95 a month. Megabytes used in excess of the plan allowances of 1000 and 2000 MBs will cost 20 cents a MB.

The Government grant will enable Telecom to provide reduced prices to these Xtra Wireless customers for up to three years or until customer numbers reach a cap agreed for each region.

Xtra Wireless is provided via Broadcast Communications Limited’s (BCL) wireless network while JetStream is provided over Telecom’s existing network.

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